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02-06-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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Good lens for Pentax K5

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I have a Pentax K5 lens with 18-55mm Kit lens. Now I am planning to by a good lens for my camera. I mostly do a street and landscape photography, and would like to have another lens may be from 18-XXXmm or 55-XXXmm zooming lens (and if it is having a wide angle lens it will be good). Can someone please suggest me which lens will be a good for me?
Note: I am just a beginner so please suggest me a good lens which can be used for a long run.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ds0040582 Quote
Hi,

I have a Pentax K5 lens with 18-55mm Kit lens. Now I am planning to by a good lens for my camera. I mostly do a street and landscape photography, and would like to have another lens may be from 18-XXXmm or 55-XXXmm zooming lens (and if it is having a wide angle lens it will be good). Can someone please suggest me which lens will be a good for me?
Note: I am just a beginner so please suggest me a good lens which can be used for a long run.
The DA 55-300 is usually the best choice to complement the kit lens:
Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Autofocus Lens 21720 B&H

It really depends on your definition of "good" though, so I'd recommend looking through the lens reviews and DB. All current lenses are here: All Current K-Mount Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
In-depth reviews: Pentax Reviews | K-5, 645D, K-01 | In-Depth Camera, Lens, Flash Reviews | Camera Forum at PentaxForums.com

For instance, I'd suggest getting a FA 31mm or DA 40mm for street shots rather than a zoom.

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I'll add that the 18-135mm WR is an extremely versatile lens, although it overlaps your existing 18-55 as far as focal length goes. The image quality is generally considered to be better than the kit lens, although it is not as sharp at the edges and corners.
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Begin a collection of DA limited : DA15, DA21, DA70...
DA15 is very appropriate for landscape and street photography

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For a landscape guy, I'd recommend the Tamron 17 50, excellent sharpness edge to edge. Add to that the DA* 60-250 and you have the best one two punch for landscape you're likely to find, at least in terms of IQ. Other Pentax zooms including the DA* Lenses seem to posses excellent center sharpness, but not the edge to edge sharpness of the Tamron for landscapes. The DA* 60-250 being the exception.

If you just want to keep it simple, use the DA 18-135. For sharpness across the board @24 mm it's second only to the Tamron 17-50 for edge to edge sharpness among K-mount lenses. Better than some of the primes available if you're software looks after the Chromatic Aberrations. The DA 18-135 doesn't get edge soft until somewhere after 50 mm, it's much better than the kit lens. Looking at Adams test photos on the site was one of the things that convinced me to buy it. The kit lens doesn't compare in any way. It retains it's centre sharpness well into it's zoom range, providing excellent images if used according to it's strength.

I know everyone says get the 55-300 (and I always say get the Sigma 70-300 because it does 1:2 macro, which is impressive). But the cheaper zooms are weak in the long end. I use my Sigma for subjects close to the camera. Once you start taking images at distance the consumer extreme zooms are pretty much useless after about 135 mm.

For just one lens.... I'd definitely go with the 18-135. While I love my DA 21 , DA 35 and FA 50, if you go primes you need a lot more of them to be versatile. SOme say learn to live with what you have and shoot primes., to which I'd answer, why would you put yourself in a position to miss so many good shots.
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The DA 55-300 is usually the best choice to complement the kit lens:
Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Autofocus Lens 21720 B&H

It really depends on your definition of "good" though, so I'd recommend looking through the lens reviews and DB. All current lenses are here: All Current K-Mount Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
In-depth reviews: Pentax Reviews | K-5, 645D, K-01 | In-Depth Camera, Lens, Flash Reviews | Camera Forum at PentaxForums.com

For instance, I'd suggest getting a FA 31mm or DA 40mm for street shots rather than a zoom.
WOW.. Thanks a lot for everyone who has given me such a good replies.. Thanks Adam for your very good info where i have to look and sending me the links...
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QuoteOriginally posted by goubejp Quote
Begin a collection of DA limited : DA15, DA21, DA70...
DA15 is very appropriate for landscape and street photography
in that range samyang 14/2.8 has better IQ
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QuoteOriginally posted by uttam.hathi Quote
in that range samyang 14/2.8 has better IQ
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he is still looking for a lens with basic questions thus the post
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QuoteOriginally posted by uttam.hathi Quote
he is still looking for a lens with basic questions thus the post
How do you know, Uttam?

His last post was from February 2013.

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How do you know, Uttam?
The "voices" in his head.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ds0040582 Quote
Hi,

I have a Pentax K5 lens with 18-55mm Kit lens. Now I am planning to by a good lens for my camera. I mostly do a street and landscape photography, and would like to have another lens may be from 18-XXXmm or 55-XXXmm zooming lens (and if it is having a wide angle lens it will be good). Can someone please suggest me which lens will be a good for me?
Note: I am just a beginner so please suggest me a good lens which can be used for a long run.
People suggesting the 18-135mm are right it is a good all around lens. I would suggest a 16-85mm gives you a little more wide end, and still a nice moderate telephoto and is pretty darn sharp across the entire frame. The 16 would be nice for street photography too. Pair it with either the "jackhammer" HD 55-300 F4-5.8 which I have or the slightly more pricey PLM HD 55-300 F4.5-6.3. Will cover you from a nice wide angle 16mm to 300mm and won't totally break your bank account.
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The "voices" in his head.
this is the voice i recvd as pm
Hi uttam,
I am from Pune, would like to know whether the lens is a wide angle? Can this be mounted on Pentax k-5? And you tell me the amount in INR? Is it negotiable?
Thanks and regards, Dinesh
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QuoteOriginally posted by uttam.hathi Quote
this is the voice i recvd as pm
Hi uttam,
I am from Pune, would like to know whether the lens is a wide angle? Can this be mounted on Pentax k-5? And you tell me the amount in INR? Is it negotiable?
Thanks and regards, Dinesh
Ah, you did not explain he had contacted you ... thanks for contributing, Dinesh!

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Dinesh just had doubts, met him last weekend
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